new england and the hudson valley tour: day one |New York

tour: day one |New York
September – October 2019

We were staying in the hotel where the tour departed from – Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, so on the first day of the tour we needed to go to the lobby of the hotel, find our tour guide leader (Nancy) and check in with her.

At 6pm we were to meet in the lobby of the hotel where we would meet our tour companions for the first time. We all headed en masse to the Heartland Brewery and Chophouse which upon checking has now permanently closed. I don’t wish ...

harajuku Ikea and shinjuku cat in october

We had to go to the Omotesando Apple shop the other day so we decided to walk down to Harajuku. We did go looking at Eataly but it was just so expensive! ¥1,980 for a margarita pizza? Instead we went to Ikea and had a set each which I think it came to under ¥1,200 for both of us. My husband had fried fish TUNNBRÖD and I had veggie sausage TUNNBRÖD, each served with plant balls and 1 drink. I really like the veggie sausages they do and the plant balls, so I was happy and we managed to get ...

new england and the hudson valley : arrival | New York

arrival | New York
September – October 2019

Back in 2019 (…and it’s nearly 2022), my husband, mum and I went on a trip to the USA! We had booked to do a tour with Globus – New England and the Hudson Valley and despite my initial reservations about a group tour, it was honestly one of the best things I have ever done in my life.

The plan was that my husband and I would fly from Tokyo to JFK and my mum would meet us there, flying in from the UK. Our flights were due to arrive at ...

Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art in Chiba in summer

As it was the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this summer, Marine Day and Sports Day were put together to form ‘Mega Weekend’. This was not its official title but it meant that in Japan we got Thurs 22nd, Fri 23rd, Sat 24th and Sun 25th off (unless you work in one of the many places that didn’t).

We decided to go to Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art in Sakura, Chiba. It was a reservation system and they were quite strict on only allowing people in at their stated times. They have a free shuttle bus from both Keisei Sakura and ...

october means pumpkins in tokyo in autumn

Happy October everyone! I don’t think October means pumpkins for most of the residents of Tokyo, but maybe some lost souls out there.

We went to Yumenoshima Tropical Greenhouse Dome, which we have been to before and you can find the post here. Looking back at that post, I’ve taken pretty much the exact same pictures, so maybe just read this one.

It wasn’t empty like last time and you had to reserve a time slot. The photographers were out in FULL force – we saw children being paraded around dressed as pumpkins, witches and Snow White. That’s ...